Family-Friendly Fun at the Coastal Discovery Museum, Summer 2018

The Coastal Discovery Museum is a great place to discover everything about the Lowcountry.

The Tom Peeples Discovery Lab: This will take place at the Coastal Discovery Museum and be open every Monday and Wednesday from 2-4 p.m. starting in June through August. Your visit to the lab is a fun educational experience for all ages. You will get a closer look at some live Lowcountry animals like fish, horseshoe crabshermit crabs, frogs, lizards, snakes, and a friendly alligator. Discover unique and fascinating stories about the Lowcountry’s history and the environment through hands-on, interactive displays and games. Suggested $2 per person donation. Children must be accompanied by an adult. You will check in at the Discovery House before you visit the Lab.

Explore Honey Horn Program:  The Coastal Discovery will introduce a new program in June to “Explore Honey Horn” every Wednesday and Thursday at 11 a.m. Your experience on this guided tour around the museum’s picturesque and historic grounds. You will visit the salt marsh, see historic buildings, and learn about the gardens, plants, and trees on site. Your museum guide will share stories about Honey Horn’s past and its natural history. Cost is $10 adult, $5 child and reservations are required.
Sea Turtle Life: The Coastal Discovery Museum will introduce a new program in June through August every Thursday at 1 pm. Sea turtles live an extraordinary life. Explore the amazing journey of Loggerhead Sea Turtles from eggs to adulthood. Discover just how easy it is to help protect these fascinating sea creatures. You will not see live sea turtles, but this is a hands-on, eye-opening, experience filled with unique educational materials to see, touch, and interact with. This family-friendly indoor experience is also a nice escape from the afternoon heat or rain. Cost is $10 adult, $5 child (ages 4-12) and reservations are required.

Hands-On History this summer at Coastal Discovery Museum: The Coastal Discovery Museum will introduce a new series of programs every Tuesday from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. June through August. See history come alive through these hands-on, family-friendly programs led by experienced first-person interpreters. Planned activities include “Games of the Past,” “Camp Dig It,” “Living History with Captain William Hilton” and “Indigo Discovery with Eliza Lucas Pinckney.” These family friendly educational experiences are fun for all ages. Cost is $12 adults, $10 child (ages 5-12) and reservations are required by calling 843-689-6767 ext. 223 or online at

  • Games of the Past will take place 6/26, 7/3 and 8/7 and you will have a chance to play a variety of games including Nine Men’s MorrisPut and TakeBuck and Mancala just to name a few.
  • Living History with William Hilton will take place 6/12, 7/31 and 8/28 and you will hear from “Captain William Hilton” about his life and harrowing adventures along the Carolina coast. Camp Dig It will take place on 6/19, 7/10 and 8/14 and will introduce you to the field of archaeology. Participants will “excavate” a simulated site, identify artifacts, and use real archaeological methods.
  • Indigo Discovery with Eliza will take place 6/5, 7/24 and 8/21 and you will journey to the past and “meet” Eliza Luca Pinckney. Hear her unique story, learn how indigo dye was made, and make your own indigo tie-die t-shirt to take home.

Lowcountry Critters with Joe Maffo at the Museum: The Coastal Discovery Museum will host “Lowcountry Critters with Joe Maffo” every Wednesday and Friday in June, July and August from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. This casual “Meet and Greet” will help participants to learn more about the alligators, snakes, turtles and other critters that share Hilton Head Island with us. Joe Maffo with Critter Management will bring along some of his “friends” to share with everyone. Participants will have a chance to get an up-close view of the various animals, learn more about them and take lots of photos. There will be no formal presentation; visitors can stop by various stations to meet the different types of animals on site. Cost is adult $10 and child $5 (12 and under) under 5 are free. No reservations for this program just drop in and see!

Coastal Discovery Museum is located at 70 Honey Horn Drive on Hilton Head Island. For more information on or to make reservations for any of these events, call 843-689-6767 ext. 223 or go online at